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BDHF scheme proves popular among oral health staff


BDHF scheme proves popular among oral health staffEmergency dentists and fellow members of oral healthcare staff have applied to receive funding from a scheme launched by the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF).

Carried out as part of its National Smile Month campaign, the BDHF has announced plans to inject increased investments into educating the public about healthy teeth.

The £100,000 donation, provided by the Wrigley's Tooth Fairy Fund, will go towards projects in a bid to promote oral healthcare across the country.

Qualifying organisations will be given the opportunity to outline their plans for educating people of all ages if they were to receive the additional money.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the BDHF, said: "The feedback from oral health educators has been very positive and for many organisations it provides an opportunity to fund projects which have been affected by limited funding."

Wrigley's recently revealed that 95 per cent of people regularly fail to take action to protect their teeth and gums after eating lunch.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800576940-ADNFCR

Oral health news: Singapore dentists call for tougher regulations


Oral health news: Singapore dentists call for tougher regulationsPeople wishing to avoid emergency dentistry could be interested to hear dental experts in Singapore are calling for tougher regulations to ensure fair practice.

According to TodayOnline, the National Dental Centre (NDC) is working to introduce stricter guidelines for oral health professionals.

Calls for legislation changes come after dental surgeon Debbie Hong Pooi Mun was prosecuted for the incorrect removal of two healthy teeth.

The incident occurred as a result of problems with administration, as the patient's referral slip had been attached to the wrong contact details.

Private dentist Dr Irene Chua urged dental practitioners to ensure contact details and information are correctly stored.

She said: "When we get a card we have to identify if this is really the patient we are seeing and the mouth must match what is depicted on the card."

Bupa UK advises people to ensure they inform their emergency dentist of any pre-existing medical conditions before undergoing a tooth extraction. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800563834-ADNFCR

Emergency dentistry news: Flossing ‘best method to ensure a healthy smile’


Emergency dentistry news: Flossing 'best method to ensure a healthy smile'Emergency dentistry patients could improve their overall oral health by flossing regularly and using the correct methods.

Using the method to remove bacteria and food from between the teeth after every meal offers a number of benefits to people who want to maintain a healthy smile.

Ensuring that the floss used is strong and new is an effective way to ensure all debris is removed from the teeth, as the product is weakened after it becomes brittle.

UK News Reporter advises people to carry out the process in a cautious and gentle manner in order to avoid damaging fragile gums.

Flossing at least once a day could also be useful for patients who want to ensure they have healthy teeth and gums in a bid to prevent emergency dentistry.

People who floss regularly could also be preventing the development of a number of wider health risks.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that flossing regularly could reduce the risk of contracting pancreatic cancer.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800552141-ADNFCR

Emergency dentistry news: Children taught to brush teeth as part of National Smile Month


Emergency dentistry news: Children taught to brush teeth as part of National Smile MonthChildren in the Isle of Man will be shown how to brush their teeth in a bid to avoid emergency dentistry and improve oral hygiene.

The scheme, launched as part of National Smile Month, will be aimed at pre-school youngsters to increase their awareness about teeth brushing, reports.

Combined efforts of The Children's Centre and the Department of Health will allow experts to visit nurseries across the island throughout the month-long campaign.

Experts plan to explain the benefits of healthy teeth and gums to the children as well as inform them of the importance of calcium consumption.

Community dental nurse Patrician Newson said: "We realise how important it is for all sectors of our community to work together to improve dental health and the contribution being made by The Children's Centre is extremely valuable."

Kids Health recommends parents take their child to a specialised pediatric dentist upon the age they start receiving treatment.

The advise website states that this type of dental professional will have a clearer idea of when to refer children to a different type of practitioner.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800533190-ADNFCR

Dental check-ups for children ‘could prevent emergency dentistry’


Dental check-ups for children 'could prevent emergency dentistry'Taking children to the dentist from an early age could prevent emergency dentistry.

Ensuring children maintain healthy teeth and gums could limit the chances of them needing expensive dental procedures such as root canal treatments.

This is supported by website HealthNews18, which advises parents to take their children to dental health appointments to prevent future oral health problems.

The need for regular treatment is also highlighted by the high sugar content in the majority of foods favoured by children.

American dental company Brush Buddies has recently launched a Justin Bieber toothbrush in a bid to make the process more fun for youngsters.

The electric toothbrush plays a choice of songs by the pop sensation to encourage young children to clean their teeth for the recommended two minutes.

Brush Buddies also has plans to release Bieber floss and a dental care travel kit to make the procedures more appealing to the age-group.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800516989-ADNFCR

Emergency dentistry news: Brushing ‘best way to keep teeth healthy’


Emergency dentistry news: Brushing 'best way to keep teeth healthy'People who brush their teeth regularly are more likely to have good oral health and avoid emergency dentistry.

Those who endeavour to keep their toothbrushes clean and fresh will see the best results – a statement that is supported by dentist Sebastiana Springmann.

This can be achieved with a few simple steps such as rinsing the toothbrush after it has been used by running cold water over the bristles to remove any leftover toothpaste or debris, reports the Mercury News.

People should keep their toothbrush in an upright position as this is the best way to dry the bristles out after brushing.

Dr Springmann said: "Toothbrush bristles that are worn or frayed from use cannot effectively remove plaque, which is critical to maintaining healthy teeth and gums."

About Dentistry suggests people should change their toothbrush once every three months to ensure the teeth are still being effectively cleaned.

The website recommends people with gum disease to change theirs every four to six weeks to avoid bacteria building up in the bristles.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800510044-ADNFCR

Emergency dentistry news: ‘Change toothbrush ‘every three to four months’


Emergency dentistry news: 'Change toothbrush 'every three to four months'People who are concerned about getting emergency dentistry should change their toothbrush every three to four months to improve oral health, an expert claims.

Dentist Ruchi Nijjar Sahota has suggested people should purchase a new toothbrush on a regular basis to maintain healthy teeth and gums, MSN Health reports.

Dr Sahota also stressed the importance of brushing teeth in the correct manner to ensure good oral hygiene, particularly when using an electronic toothbush.

She said: "The electronic toothbrush moves on its own, so you should try to be gentle with it to allow the bristles to work."

Snacking, which has become a regularity among people with a busy lifestyle, is a primary cause of unhealthy teeth and gums.

Dr Sahota also recommends that people carry a small portable toothbrush with them if they do not have time to brush straight after a meal.

Meanwhile, people should also partake in regular teeth flossing to ensure a healthy smile.

The Daily Mirror has recently reported that people with unhealthy gums are more likely to suffer from a stroke.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800500926-ADNFCR

Regular check-ups ‘can prevent emergency dentistry’


Emergency dentistry could be prevented by regular visits to a professional. Getting a regular check-up with an oral healthcare professional could help people to prevent emergency dentistry.

The Argus stated that healthy teeth for life may be a possibility as long as any problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are detected early, something which may be easier when they are regularly looked at.

Meanwhile, a dentist may also be able to help patients who are struggling with excessive teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, before it wears teeth away and necessitates cosmetic dentistry treatment.

"Very often a night guard will prevent this grinding and relieve symptoms and prevent further problems," the newspaper pointed out.

The Irish Dental Association recently said it has seen a sharp increase in bruxism lately, something which it attributed to the economic downturn.

Dr Dermot Canavan said lots of patients have been complaining of headaches, sore jaws and tooth damage and recommended that anyone affected should seek help.

Emergency dentistry prevention ‘could also improve lung health’


Improved lung health could be an additional benefit for people who look after their teeth, a new report suggests.New research suggests people who avoid needing emergency dentistry by keeping their teeth and gums healthy could be achieving other positive health outcomes.

American Academy of Periodontology president and practising dentist Donald S Clem carried out a study that demonstrated links between good periodontal health and improved lung health.

The report was published in the Journal of Periodontology and found that the participants in the project who had been hospitalised with lung problems tended to have worse teeth and gums than people who had not suffered such illnesses.

Researchers suggested bacteria that cause periodontal disorders may be inhaled into the respiratory system and cause problems for patients.

Among the illnesses people may be avoiding by maintaining healthy teeth and gums – and not requiring emergency dentistry – are pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Separate research carried out by Bristol University professor of oral microbiology Howard Jenkinson has also linked dental issues with heart attacks and strokes.


People ‘should consider cosmetic dentistry’


Cosmetic dentistry should be considered by anyone unhappy with their smile. People who have healthy teeth but not necessarily a smile that is straight or especially white should consider cosmetic dentistry.

This is according to, which said patients are often reluctant to have procedures such as teeth whitening because they are not essential.

However, it pointed out that a good sense of self-worth is just as important as healthy teeth, recommending that people take the plunge if it would make them happier.

The news provider said that invisible braces are especially popular at present, so those who have a crooked smile need not worry they will be the only ones with them fitted.

"These braces are so ubiquitous among the younger people that they have often come to be wanted by those who don't wear them," it added.

Myleene Klass is one famous face who recently completed treatment with invisible braces.

She was spotted last month by the Daily Mail as she showed off her new smile.


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